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2,000+ Signatures and Why I Signed It

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In only a matter of two days, the Petition asking the orthodox synod fathers to perform a walkout has reached a number of 2,000 signatures. This is simply incredible. From my understanding, petitions generally gather about 1/10 of the signatures of those who actually do support the petition. That means that in all likelihood, the petition has the support of 20,000 Catholics. Getting this much attention in only a few days with that many signatures is nothing short than a miracle.

This petition is the most important petition of this century. Requesting the Synod Fathers who are defending Christ’s teaching on marriage and the family to walk out is a slap in the face to the heterodox. It shows that the orthodox fathers are indeed following in the footsteps of Christ and refusing to waste their time with those who refuse to listen to the Gospel (c.f. Matthew 10:14, Mark 6:11, Luke 9:5).

Since this petition’s release, I’ve seen a number of comments arguing how a walk out would be “giving up” on Christ. I’d like to address these concerns.

It wouldn’t be giving up. A Synod’s purpose is to provide advice to the Pope in order for him to make a decision.  Attendance is not mandatory for a prelate. An invitation is extended to him and he can either accept or decline. Likewise, a prelate can leave at any given moment.

It would be similar to you inviting some friends over to have a discussion on how you should approach a problem. You drafted up some rules and gave them all to your friends. But a few days before your friends were to come over, you changed the rules and stated that you won’t listen to some of your friends. If these friends, which you just insulted, were to walk out of your house after an hour of discussion in which you repeated told them you weren’t going to give their opinions any weight, would they be abandoning you? Absolutely not. You abandoned them by ignoring them.

Another argument I’ve heard, which is rather quite immature, is that walking out on the Synod would be abandoning Christ on the Cross. This is solemn nonsense. Christ died on the Cross to restore mankind from their fallen nature and allow them to be brought back into the state of grace through His sacrifice and giving of Himself. Jesus also stated in the Gospel that man and woman come together and are bound. Divorce is not allowed. Standing behind Christ’s teaching on divorce and remarriage is not “abandoning Him on the Cross”. Rather, those unorthodox prelates at the Synod trying their damnedest to change Church teaching are the ones who are abandoning Jesus on the Cross.

There is also a historical precedence of Bishops walking out of an ecumenical council. Steve Skojec, writing for One Peter Five gives us more:

The two bishops who voted on that day against the decree, as soon as Pius the Ninth had confirmed it, at once submitted and made a profession of their faith. They proved by their adverse vote the liberty which the 55 who left Rome equally possessed; and by their prompt submission they showed to the world that their opposition had been offered not to the truth of the doctrine, but to the expediency of defining it.

In the instance of the First Vatican Council, these 55 bishops removed themselves from the proceedings rather than vote against the promulgation of Pastor Aeternus, and by extension, Pope Pius IX, openly. They opposed something which in fact became a dogma; but these were not schismatic men, nor were they accused of being such. They were faithful sons of the Church, loyal to her teaching, concerned about the potential damage such a proclamation might do, and ultimately, obedient to the legitimate exercise of papal authority on the matter.

If bishops can in good conscience and without culpability leave an Ecumenical Council in protest over the promulgation of something proven to be a Divine Truth, how much more liberty should they be afforded when faced with the possibility of removing themselves from a Synod attempting to introduce pastoral practices which will lead the faithful into error and sin?

Finally, if you believe that the Holy Spirit is going to protect the Church from error, then there is no need to worry if the orthodox bishops and Cardinals walk out, after all, the Holy Spirit will protect the Church, right? If the Holy Spirit will prevent heresy from entering the Church, then we might as well go on auto-pilot and let God sort it out, no?

I signed this petition because I the deck has been stacked against the Truth in regards to divorced, remarried, and actively homosexual to receive Holy Communion. Those who uphold Christ’s teachings are not given much time to discuss. The Synod’s rules have changed in that this is the first Synod with closed doors, no reports, no transparencies. The final document was being drafted before the Synod even began. The Synod is just a show and there is no reason for it to go on. The decisions have already been made.

Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/the-synod-fathers-synod-walkout?recruiter=137122220&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink.

Jeff October 16, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

Either Cardinal Marx Had a Conversion or He Is Setting the Stage to Declare Schism

In February, Reinhard Cardinal Marx, the President of the German Conference of Bishops made waves when he announced that the German bishops would not adhere to what the synod determined, unless it favored their position stating “the synod cannot prescribe in detail what  we have to do in Germany.”

“We are not a subsidiary of Rome. Each episcopal conference is responsible for the pastoral care in their culture and has to proclaim the Gospel in its own unique way. We cannot wait until a synod states something, as we have to carry out marriage and family ministry here.”

In short, Cardinal Marx proposed that the German Catholic Church would schism if the Synod on the Family did not yield the results they were wanting. The German Catholic Church is in favor of giving Holy Communion to the divorced, remarried and actively homosexual.

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Either the Holy Spirit has intervened and changed Cardinal Marx’s heart or he knows what the outcome of the Synod is going to be.

Pat Archbold of Creative Minority Report reports some surprising words from Cardinal Marx:

“We must try to remain together,” he said. “The Church is the only institution in the world that can reach unanimous agreement. Thank God we have the pope. We bishops do not have to decide. Church unity is not in danger. And once the pope has decided, we will abide by his decision.

Either Cardinal Marx is no longer in favor of administering the Holy Eucharist to adulterers and sodomites or he knows the Synod is going to lax the rules.

My bet is the latter, as it is highly unlikely, knowing what we have seen come from the Synod thus far that Cardinal Marx is suddenly having a conversion. I’m not saying it’s impossible, only unlikely.

Looking back at my post from Monday in which I outlined the possibilities of this Synod, I wrote:

I see that Option Two is much more likely to happen, simply because those who want to administer Holy Communion to adulterers and actively homosexual, will be able to through a liberal reading of the documents. Meanwhile, those who will actively refuse this reading will accuse the Synod of intentionally allowing this evil to occur. Thus what we will see is those who adhere to the “traditional view” (read: Catholic) will be accused of going the way of the SSPX and causing schism, when the reality simply is that Rome has condoned the practice by not condemning it, all for appearing to be “pastoral”.

Cardinal Marx, by his words today, has set the stage to display that those who do not adhere to what the Synod decides are breaking away from the Church. He is correct only if the Synod upholds Church teaching by denying Holy Communion to those in the state of mortal sin. However, if the Synod decides something contrary to this effect, then he is wrong and the validity of the Synod is left in question.

Let us pray that he had a legitimate conversion to the Truth, and not the other, more likely possibility.

Jeff October 9, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

Modernists and the Synod: No Respect for Tradition

This post is part four in a series of posts on the Synod of the Family and Modernism. Read part three here.

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If you’ve been following these posts, you know what the stakes are. Allowing unrepentant adulterers and active homosexuals to receive Our Lord’s Body and Blood in the Most Holy Eucharist. Every single Catholic who receives the Holy Eucharist must be repentant and in a state of grace. Receiving the Holy Eucharist unworthily condemns the sinner to additional judgment. There is no reason any excuse should be made to these individuals who break the 6th Commandment repeatedly. There is no reason that any individual who is living in mortal sin should be allowed to receive the Holy Eucharist without first going to confession.

Let’s continue looking at Pope St. Pius X’s encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis (on Modernism):

Q. Does not the “profession of faith” include respect for Tradition?

A. Wherefore the Roman Pontiffs, Pius IV and Pius IX, ordered the insertion in the profession of faith of the following declaration: ‘I most firmly admit and embrace the apostolic and ecclesiastical traditions and constitutions of the Church’

Many of the Synod fathers do not admit or embrace the apostolic and ecclesiastical traditions and constitutions of the Church. This is made evident by not only the Kasper position but also their willingness to adopt any doctrine that transmutes the Catholic faith into something other than the Catholic faith. Yesterday at the Synod, both the discussion of opening up the sacrament of confession to include general absolution services, as well as ordaining women to the diaconate, were brought up. Both of these are not only non-catholic but grave errors already discussed by the Church as not allowed and contrary to the faith. Yet, we see these issues being raised as if any amount of discussion can change Church teaching.

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Q. Since they show such slight respect for Tradition, what is the judgment of the Modernists on the ‘most holy Fathers of the Church?’

A. The Modernists pass the same judgment on the most holy Fathers of the Church as they pass on Tradition, decreeing, with amazing effrontery, that, while personally most worthy of all veneration, they were entirely ignorant of history and criticism, for which they are only excusable on account of the time in which they lived.

Q. In what presumptuous way do the Modernists speak of the Fathers of the Church?

A. Finally, the Modernists try in every way to diminish and weaken the authority.

At last year’s Synod on the Family, several of the Synod fathers brought up Pope St. John Paul II’s teachings on the family, in order to defend the sanctity of marriage. The response they received was to the effect that the sainted Pope’s teachings were too hard and that in today’s society they were considered “too traditional”. Now, Pope St. John Paul II was not a super-traditional Pope, but he did defend the faith and the Church’s teachings on the family and marriage when it mattered. But this demonstrates how many at the Synod do not care one iota for tradition, in fact, they disdain it.

These wolves in sheep’s clothing are trying their hardest to undermine the Church and her authority by weakening doctrine and practice. However, with this year’s Synod, the rule’s have changed in that Pope Francis has the final say in what is determined. Let us continue to pray and fast for Pope Francis and for the Synod, that Church teaching is preserved and novelties are not added. We must remain vigilant during this time of uncertainty as to the direction the Church appears to be moving.

May God console you! … What saddens you … is the fact that others have occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important, the place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in the struggle – the one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith? True, the premises are good when the Apostolic Faith is preached there; they are holy if everything takes place there in a holy way …
You are the ones who are happy; you who remain within the Church by your Faith, who hold firmly to the foundations of the Faith which has come down to you from Apostolic Tradition. And if an execrable jealousy has tried to shake it on a number of occasions, it has not succeeded. They are the ones who have broken away from it in the present crisis. No one, ever, will prevail against your Faith, beloved Brothers. And we believe that God will give us our churches back some day.
Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, the more they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray. Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ. -St. Athanasius

Jeff October 7, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

The Possibilities of the Synod

The Synod of the Family began on Sunday. We read that the Synod’s rule changes this year are unacceptable, thanks to Rorate Caeli. I can only think of three possibilities for the outcome of this Synod. I will present these options in terms of most positive, to most negative.

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Option One: Pope Francis, in a moment given the protection of the Holy Spirit, will uphold Church doctrine and teaching, and state that Holy Communion can not be given to the divorced, remarried, and actively homosexual. Pope Francis will declare that those who oppose those are heretics and are effectively excommunicated due to their desire to change Church teaching. Finally, he has been inviting those in favor of derailing the Synod as a means to publicly excommunicate them.

Option Two: Pope Francis and the Synod will agree that the decision is up to either the local bishops on a diocese by diocese basis or will allow the local bishops’ conference to determine how they will administer the sacraments. In this scenario, we will likely see essentially the practice of Holy Communion administered to the divorced, remarried, and actively homosexual. While the documents released by the Synod will be read from a traditional standpoint to mean that the aforementioned can not receive Communion, it will be written in language that those on the other side of the issue will be able to easily take out of context, much like every Church document administered from the Second Vatican Council up through today.

Option Three: Pope Francis and the Synod will declare and decree that every single divorced, remarried and actively homosexual individual may present themselves to Holy Communion without the need for repentance, and will thus change Church teaching that only those who are in the state of grace may receive Our Eucharistic Lord. This will essentially mean that the Pope, as well as the majority of the prelates at the Synod, are indeed heretics and are no longer a part of the Catholic Church.

In all honesty, I truly hope we see Option One. Though, to be realistic, it is far more likely that we will see Option Two or even Option Three. I believe there is a chance Option Three will happen because I believe that there are still a number of Catholics who will recognize the error. Likewise, there are still a number of priests, bishops, and even Cardinals, who will actively resist Option Three and declare the Pope and those prelates in favor of this as schismatic. There will be enough opposition that a legitimate case for questioning if Pope Francis is now an Anti-Pope for declaring non-Catholic teaching as doctrine from the throne.

I see that Option Two is much more likely to happen, simply because those who want to administer Holy Communion to adulterers and actively homosexual, will be able to through a liberal reading of the documents. Meanwhile, those who will actively refuse this reading will accuse the Synod of intentionally allowing this evil to occur. Thus what we will see is those who adhere to the “traditional view” (read: Catholic) will be accused of going the way of the SSPX and causing schism, when the reality simply is that Rome has condoned the practice by not condemning it, all for appearing to be “pastoral”.

Hopefully, we will see Option One, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

Jeff October 5, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

Expect Unnecessary Divisions During the Synod

A year ago to the day I wrote a post about division, specifically citing St. Paul and how those who embrace novelties contrary to Catholicism are the ones who divide, not those who stick to the traditions handed down by Jesus Christ and His Bride. I named this post “Novelty Divides” because anything that is new and not given by Christ or His Church causes us to divorce ourselves from the Truth. It causes divisions.

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The Synod of the Family begins on Monday. We know for a fact that many of the bishops and Cardinals who are present in Rome are actually wolves in shepherd’s clothing. They have made their opposition to the Catholic faith known by publicly supporting adultery, divorce, remarriage, and homosexuality. The bishops’ conference in Germany has announced they will break apart from the Roman Catholic Church if the Synod does not allow for those divorced, remarried, and actively homosexual to receive Holy Communion. These wicked men spit in the face of Our Lord and tell Him that they know better than Him and that they are better than God. We know that this isn’t only the German bishops and Cardinals who will be at the Synod, but many bishops and Cardinals who will be at the Synod. There are even reports breaking today that the Synod’s final report is already being drafted. It appears that the Synod is only for show.

During the last several weeks we have seen attention intentionally taken away from the Synod and placed on a supposed schism of the SSPX, when indeed the SSPX is undoubtedly one of our allies in this fight against the heretics at the Synod. Instead of focusing our energies productively resisting the changes to Truth that these wolves are calling for, we had to instead defend our fellow Catholics (yes, the SSPX is Catholic), from unnecessary attacks that cut at the heart of charity, in which the SSPX were targeted as being the greatest enemy of our day. The SSPX has canonical impediments that need to be resolved, but this pales in comparison to bishops and Cardinals actively promoting heresy at the Synod. The issues of the SSPX pale in comparison to bishops and Cardinals threatening schism if they do not get what they want.

But this isn’t enough for the enemy, as all of the talk surrounding the SSPX has fizzled out. He needs the faithful to be divided further. Instead of using an easy scapegoat like the SSPX to draw attention away from his dealings in Rome, he begins to work on dividing the faithful Catholics themselves. While there is a very small group of Catholics who give a bad name for the rest of us, this is not a time in which to draw labels to them that many other Catholics sometimes identify with. Attitude adjustments need to be made by this minute few, but to bring this up only several days prior to the Synod and to use language that is generally used to berate faithful Catholics, is poor timing, especially when we do spiritual battle in only a few days.

All Catholics who defend the Church and Her teachings need to stick together in this unprecedented time in Church history. We all have our own issues and skeletons we bring along with us. That’s part of living a life in which we turn away from sin to face and follow Our Lord. But nitpicking our brothers and sisters for character flaws and venial sins during this time, which Bishop Athanasius Schneider calls the fourth greatest crisis in the history of the Church will only cause further division amongst faithful Catholics who are trying to defend the Church. These attempts at correction, while honorable as they may be, are not appropriate at this time, and since they do indeed cause division amongst the faithful, are not of God, but rather of the enemy.

Expect many more attacks and attempts to further divide the faithful during the Synod of the Family. Pray, fast, and do penance that Church teaching will be upheld at the Synod. Remember, during this time when the Church is being attacked from within, that we need to stick together like an army, lest we fall into the temptation of battling each other. Because if the faithful are busy bickering amongst themselves, then we will fail to pay attention to the real division occurring in Rome by a mutual enemy of us all; Satan.

Jeff October 2, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

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